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Fullbay is a cloud-based application that supports and manages automobile repair shop businesses that deal with heavy-duty vehicles. The app allows technicians, customers and managers to stay involved throughout the repair process,... Read more
Shop-Ware is a cloud-based auto shop management solution with features like staff management, customer management, bookkeeping, parts management and workflow handling. The solution is designed to be used by multiple staff members. Shop-Ware... Read more
AutoFluent is an on-premise automotive repair shop management platform suitable for single and multi-store vendors handling parts sales, tire sales and auto servicing. It allows users to manage employees, customers, suppliers, inventory... Read more
Tekmetric is a management solution for auto repair shops of all sizes and specialities. Businesses can create customer and vehicle profiles, schedule customer appointments, perform digital vehicle inspections, upload photos/videos,... Read more
Shopmonkey is a cloud-based auto repair solution designed to help automotive businesses of all sizes manage processes related to appointment scheduling, messaging, reporting, invoicing, and more. The platform comes with a workflow... Read more
AutoShop is an on-premise auto shop management solution that serves small and midsize businesses in the automotive industry. It is suitable for automotive repair shops, custom car builders, heavy truck shops, equipment repair, tire... Read more
Protractor is an overall shop management tool that helps end users inspect vehicles and educate vehicle owners on the status of their cars. It is designed to streamline the automotive business and automate daily administrative tasks. Protractor’s... Read more
MaxxTraxx is an on-premise auto shop management solution with features such as order writing, workflow management and fleet maintenance. The solution can be used in automative, bicycle, heavy truck, restoration, motorcycle and marine... Read more
ShopController is a cloud-based online Auto Shop Management Solution that provides shop owners and clients with tools that reduce management tasks and create transparency between technicians, managers and customers, while simultaneously... Read more
Driveroo Inspector is a cloud-based vehicle inspection app that assists auto repair shops, dealerships, and ride-sharing businesses to streamline inspection workflows and improve the technical visibility of all inspected vehicle parts.... Read more
Shop Methods is a cloud-based auto repair solution that helps auto service providers such as repair facilities, car detailers, car customization shops and more to manage their day-to-day business operations. Shop Methods provides... Read more
ARI (Auto Repair Invoices)
ARI (Auto Repair Invoices)
ARI (Auto Repair Invoices) is a management application suitable for individual mechanics, auto repair shops and car dealers. It offers a mobile application for iOS/Android devices and can also be accessed via any desktop PC or laptop... Read more
Digital Wrench is a repair order software for small, medium and large repair shops. Running on the cloud, it secures customer and inventory data and allows users to log in at any time. Maintaining work orders, customer history, income... Read more
Omnique is a cloud-based auto shop management solution suitable for small to midsize businesses. Omnique offers various features including estimate creation, parts ordering and appointment scheduling. It is able to integrate with... Read more
Workshop Software is a cloud-based solution that helps businesses in the automotive industry manage administrative operations such as online bookings, vehicle management, activity monitoring and more. Professionals can use the dashboard... Read more
The All-in-One Success Platform by Kukui is a cloud based platform that helps small automobile repair shops get greater exposure on search engines and other promotional platforms. The customer communication, analytics and marketing... Read more
Real-Time Labor Guide is a cloud-based auto repair platform that helps small to large size automotive businesses manage customer charges, technician tracking and staff. Real-Time Labor Guide enables users to manage complete store... Read more
The Napa Tracs is an online business development and management application that provides technical tools for automotive repair shops. Live tech support is offered 6 days a week with extended hours. The software helps in generating... Read more
R.O. Writer is an on-premise auto shop management solution suitable for small to midsize businesses. It is compatible with Windows operating systems and provides tools to manage time tracking, service writing, accounting and inventory. Users... Read more
Yes Management System by Pace Software is an on-premise auto repair shop solution that enables users to write and manage work orders, retain customers and track maintenance status. The solution helps repair facilities with either just... Read more
What are the key factors of success for any auto repair shop? Shop owners and managers can tell you: visibility, efficient service and good customer relations are what matter most, regardless of shop size or the number of locations you manage.
Auto shop management software can help you achieve these goals by automating tasks, tracking customer and vehicle histories, connecting you to major parts dealers and maintenance databases and more.
If you think your auto shop’s operations could be improved with an automotive software solution, but you’re not sure how to sort through the options, this guide is for you.
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What Is Auto Repair Software?
Auto shop management software platforms include features commonly used by small and midsize businesses (SMBs) in general, such as accounting, scheduling and inventory management. They also often offer functionality that specifically serves auto repair shops, such as:
- Auto parts sales and inventory management
- Estimating and service writing
- VIN decoding
- Vehicle tracking and history
- Point of sale (POS)
Other than auto repair shops, this type of software is also used by motorcycle shops, small engine repair shops, boat shops etc.
Common Features of Auto Shop Software
Auto repair shop software solutions may include one or more of the following features:
|Estimating and service writing||Access parts and labor databases for accurate pricing and reliable labor times. Create multiple quotes per customer. Quickly view the necessary parts for common repair procedures.|
|VIN Decoder||Extract information encoded in the vehicle identification number (VIN) and may even provide additional information about the vehicle, such as the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) model number and vehicle history.|
|Integrations with key parts, service and data partners||Access CARFAX for vehicle histories and ALLDATA for OEM service and repair information. Integrate with auto parts suppliers such as NAPA and CARQUEST to find pricing and order parts directly through the software application.|
|Work order management||Create, manage and archive work orders, which are a bridge for communication between service writers and mechanics. They can also be used for reporting and analytics or by the front office to generate quotes and invoices.|
|Sales and inventory management||Access inventory management for parts and track them among shops with multiple locations or warehouses. Integrate with credit card processors and point of sale (POS) systems.|
|Accounting and invoicing||Most systems offer integrations with accounting software, such as QuickBooks, Sage Peachtree and Simply Accounting. Streamline data entry for invoicing, accounts payable, accounts receivable and payroll, and manage your checkbook.|
|Customer relationship management (CRM)||Manage customer data and track past interactions. Search customers via phone number, customer ID number or vehicle specific information, such as VIN or license plate number.|
|Reporting||Generate profit analysis reports and sort by type of service, work order, service writer or technician. Analyze marketing efforts. Compare location performance.|
|Marketing||Connect with data from CRM applications for vehicle repair and maintenance marketing campaigns. Maintain a line of communications with existing customers. Also, maintain lead nurturing, social media campaigns and website design.|
|Scheduling||Enable online booking through your website, Yelp, Facebook or other sites. Reduce the number of missed appointments with automatic reminders via text or email. Create staff logins to view and manage technician schedules.|
The Vendor Landscape
Auto repair software products offer a variety of options, with some vendors offering more holistic, fully featured platforms and others targeting just one niche of the market. There are two main types of solutions offered:
- Integrated suite solutions. Software platforms that offer a suite of applications that perform many or all the features listed above are known as integrated suite software solutions.
Below are some examples of auto shop software vendors offering full-featured integrated suites:
Winworks AutoShop is installed on-premise on the user’s own server. There are three versions of the program, with capabilities scaling with price. Each option offers the same core functionality, including:
- Appointment scheduling
- Work order creation
- Task automation
- Customer and vehicle search
Winworks offers native apps for Android and iOS, which handle VIN decoding and work order creation.
AutoFluentis an on-premise integrated suite platform, which also offers cloud database hosting for global data access. This is especially useful for auto repair shops with multiple locations or a separate warehouse.
AutoFluent offers applications for sales, inventory management, CRM, reporting and more.
Main menu in AutoFluent's platform (Source: autorepairsoftware.com)
- Best-of-breed solutions. Stand-alone software applications that serve a specific need in a market are known as best-of-breed software applications.
Here are some examples of best-of-breed automotive software solutions:
Web-Est is cloud-based estimating software built for independent auto body shops. It offers estimating tools such as:
- Integrations with databases for quick labor estimates
- Graphical representations and imaging capabilities
- Estimate creation and emailing capabilities
- Customization of documents with company logo
Marketing 360 is a cloud-based software solution which provides a range of marketing and web design services to personal and business service providers, including automotive repair professionals.
Social profile monitoring dashboard in Marketing 360
Automotive software platforms are typically priced one of two ways: through a perpetual license or a subscription license. The best choice for you depends on your organization’s size, budget and IT capabilities.
Perpetual License Vs. Subscription License Software
The best auto shop management software solution for you is the one that will meet your needs without requiring you to pay for features you won’t use. Consider your current needs, as well as short and long-term goals, to decide which platform will best serve you.
For example, if you have existing server hardware, and want to pay less over time, an on-premise deployment with a perpetual license would likely be the best solution for you, as opposed to cloud-based options.
Alternatively, if you’re satisfied with your current solutions for scheduling, accounting, payroll and CRM, but want to ramp up your online and social presence, consider a best-of-breed marketing tool targeted to auto repair shops.